Pepper Jelly Bowl Recipe

Summer is almost here. Time for bbq and parties. This pepper jelly bowl is the perfect appetizer served with cream cheese and crackers. Our recipe uses a little more SSP fruit pectin than your usual recipe. More fruit pectin allows the jelly to maintain it’s shape without the support of a glass jelly jar. You…

Refractometer For Sale

We have one used Atago Pen-Pro model 3730 for sale. This meter was only used three times before our customer retired. This is a highly accurate, temperature compensated, 0-85 brix digital meter. Comes with original instructions. This refractometer retails for $471.00 plus freight. Your cost $250.00. Price includes freight to the continental United States including…

To Cook Or Not To Cook?

Today we will be talking about co-packing verses cooking in house. The hope of every small business is to grow big enough to either build your own manufacturing facility filled with steam jacketed kettles, fillers and conveyors or out-source your manufacturing to a co-packer. Let’s first talk about keeping your production in house. Quality control…

Jam and Jelly Ingredients Preparation

This blog is a continuation of our Good Manufacturing Practices/Making Jams and Jellies. As discussed before, consistency is extremely important. Therefore your ingredients need to be consistent. Let’s start with fruit, peppers or whatever your taste base is for your recipe. Fruit: Using an IQF (individually quick frozen) product is the most consistent. Packing houses…

What Type of Pectin Do I need?

There are three different types of fruit preserves and spreads. Standard sugar (more sugar than fruit). Low sugar (more fruit than sugar). No sugar added (fruit with a concentrated sweetner). Each of the three types of fruit products requires a different pectin. Standard sugar products; Our SSP type pectin is specifically designed for standard sugar…

Jam/Jelly Recipes

The science of making jam and jelly recipes. For those who want to make products that use multiply fruits, peppers etc. this blog is for you. I find it best to explain complex issues via example. Terminology: The word brix means the total soluble solids of any fruit, vegetable or liquid substances. Total Soluble Solids includes…

Natural Foods?

Is the food you are eating “natural”? Are the ingredients you are using natural? Is there a defined statement from any food regulatory agency that gives some clarity to these questions? The simply answer is no! If I had to guess as a reason why, I would say money and power which equals politics in…